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Most Powerful Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by MEKer, May 9, 2010.

  1. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006

    In simply terms of deliverable "power" to the amp which are

    (1) the most "powerful" actives pups?
    (2) the most "powerful" passive pups?

    And why do you say so?

    I suppose a good, solid luthier would have some respectable input as well.
  2. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    delanos for passive. i love my passive delanos in my j bass sounds big and very stingray like
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Well, the hottest passive pups I've run across personally were in an older Yamaha BB bass, but the hottest ones I've read of are in the old G&L 1000 series.
  4. Marton


    Sep 20, 2005
    I think the Seymour Duncan Quarter are pretty hot for passive pickups.
  5. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Most powerful I've tried is the G&L MFD split-coil in my SB-2. After that, it's close between the MFD humbucker and the DiMarzio Model P.
  6. Bob C

    Bob C

    Mar 26, 2000
    Duluth, MN
    Well, of course I haven't tried them all, but I agree that most of the G&L's are pretty hot/loud.
  7. Tim Skaggs

    Tim Skaggs

    Sep 28, 2002
    The hottest passive pu I've ever seen / heard are the Alumitone bass bars. The one I have has about the same output as my active Carvin LB75 with bass, treble, and mid tone controls wide open. I've only got one of them that I put in the neck position of my '93 T-Bird. I moved it to the bridge position after the first gig. It sounds absolutely fantastic in the bridge position. It has the typical honk of a soloed bridge pu, but still has tons of low end. That's why I took it out of the neck position; It was overpowering there.
  8. Hottest pickups Ive used are the pickups in the Dean 2A ML. I couldn't run that thing full volume into any amp. My spector has less output than the dean with the volume on half.
  9. Rumblefisher


    Aug 22, 2007
    Astoria, NY
  10. lug


    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    G&L MFD's in my experience.
  11. MarkusBass


    Feb 24, 2008
    California Coast
    Graphic Designer: Lakland
    ChiSonics are hot!
  12. thetawaves


    Dec 29, 2006
    Didn't Maverick do some, frankly, inanely overpowered actives?

    Source: friend had his Ashdown pre-amp blow as a result.
  13. Robo Bass

    Robo Bass

    Feb 20, 2010
    Dayton, Ohio
    I like Barolini. They give me the growl when I want it, they also give me the silky smooth jazzy sound when I need it. I love my Elrick Bass.
  14. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    pickups don't "deliver" power to the amp, if anything they "demand" power from the amp the stronger the signal they have.

    it's like thinking that if you did exercises to make your gas pedal foot really strong you could get more horsepower out of your car.

    any average bass pickup will have enough output to drive any average bass amp into full distortion if it's turned up loud enough.
  15. +1
    Delano for the win
  16. the pickup in my Aria Probass II CSB-300 is def. the hottest pickup that i've played. probably about 3-4 times hotter than the pickups in my jazz.

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